I give Maria herbal tea since she was about 9 months old but I wouldn't give proper tea as, like the others said, it hinders the absorbtion of iron. Plus it would probably make her hyper and she's hyper enough already. I give her 'bedtime tea' to try and knock her out for sleep
Hmm, did they specify what type of tea? Because here it's similar, I've been told it's okay for LO to have fruit/herbal tea. Not tea with caffeine though.
Similarly, I looked after a baby girl who had herbal tea, she was European. Different cultures different ways and norms. Im sure it wasn't the type of tea we typically have here with caffiene it couldn't see any benefit of that! My baby has plenty of energy without the help of that!
Some herbal and fruit teas yes, caffeinated tea no never. Fruit teas can be a great way to get them to have fluids with foods if they're not keen on water. They taste nice, are natural and calorie and sugar free, so they're a great alternative to diluted juice. Some herbal teas can be really useful, fennel for example helps settle wind and upset tummies.
"Black" or green teas are a completely different story and I wouldn't give them until they are teenagers! Caffeine is not great for a growing and developing brain.
Wow calm down everyone, you'd think the word "tea" refers to vodka or something. Obviously there are many types of tea ranging from the caffeinated kind to herbal teas and I think it's going a bit far calling tea ridiculous. Anything that is steeped in hot water you could easily call "tea." Although I haven't given my LO chamomille tea yet I don't see what's wrong with it. Also I buy fresh dandelion greens and boil them in water then drink the broth in a cup like tea and freeze it in ice cube trays for my LO to mix with his cereals as it is so full of nutrients. It'd be nice if he took it in his bottle too but alas he only wants milk and flat out refuses water or any other liquid.
Obviously I wouldn't give a baby earl gray any sooner than I'd give him espresso. Duh!!
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